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CELEBRATING 10 YEARS!
February 2017 Newsletter
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From Jeanne Kelly
Founder and Artistic Director
Here we are in 2017 and plans are in high-gear as we look forward to performing on the stage of DAR Constitution Hall. Response from our singers has been overwhelmingly positive and the Encore Office is busy planning all of the details to make the event enjoyable for everyone. Our Office sent out a survey to all singers to see who would like to join us for this special concert. If you have not completed this simple survey, please click here and do so now.
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We want to hear from every singer. Additionally, each singer will have three tickets to give to their family and friends to attend this free concert. Once we know how many tickets our singers claim, we will be offering any unclaimed tickets beginning April 1st. DAR Constitution Hall seats a total of 3,700 people. With about 65% of our singer's responses in from the survey, and almost 615 singers to-date saying yes, we know we are expecting a full stage and a full house. What a thrill to sing for thousands of our friends and family.

Once we hear from all of our singers, we will be circling back around to you with all the details on available bus transportation, parking lot locations, hotel information for those who would like to stay in town, information about when you will receive your requested number of tickets, and more.
It gives me such great pleasure to think about our concert at DAR Constitution Hall on Saturday, May 13 at 3pm. It will be the Encore Event of the year! You have made Encore the largest and fastest growing choral program for older adults in the country.  Let the celebration begin! SING ON!

Jeanne Kelly
Founder and Artistic Director

Have you been singing with Encore for 10 years?
Then we want to hear from you!

If you were a singer during Encore's first year, we want to hear from you. If you sang in the Chorales of Myerberg, Smithsonian, Langston Brown or Goodwin House back in the fall of 2007 or the spring of 2008, please email amy.colhoun@encorecreativity.org. and let us know. After all, you are celebrating an anniversary, too!

An Exciting New Partnership for Encore!
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Encore is thrilled to announce AARP as a 10th Anniversary Presenting Sponsor. This sponsorship will support our anniversary year celebrations and provide resources for us to offer a once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunity on the stage of DAR Constitution Hall on May 13, 2017!  We are so grateful for this partnership for many reasons.  AARP’s financial support will contribute to our annual operating costs, tuition scholarships, professional conductor fees, equipment costs, and staffing.
Most importantly, this sponsorship ensures that Encore will continue to provide free concerts to the community.  ARRP advocates new discoveries and new possibilities at any age -- in perfect sync with Encore's mission to provide an excellent and artistic environment to older adults. Thank you to AARP and to all of our singers and friends of Encore for your continued support.
 


From Mary Spencer
Executive Director

Dear Encore Singers, 2017 is off to a wonderful start as our chorales are a-buzz with excitement over singing at DAR Constitution Hall in May.  I am giddy with excitement about this season as we sing a repertoire filled with Encore favorites from the last ten years. The opportunity to sing on the stage of DAR Constitution Hall is really something special.
   
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While we are offering this DAR concert experience at no cost to our singers and their family and friends, the concert does have some significant costs including the hall rental, Union worker's salaries required for stage crew and ushers, professional videographers, special concert programs, and more. But, we have exciting news! We have received a 10th Anniversary Dollar-for-Dollar Matching Challenge! One very special donor has stepped up to offer $5,000 to help with the costs of our 10th Anniversary Celebrations. WOW! There is only one catch...Encore receives the gift when we raise another $5,000 from other donors. If you would like to help Encore with this challenge, please click here.  Every dollar counts! There is no better time to be an Encore singer!

Mary Spencer
Executive Director

A special message from the Encore Board

The Encore Board of Directors is pleased to announce the establishment of the
Jeanne Kelly Founder's Fund
named in honor of Encore's Founder and Artistic Director.

The fund will support two priorities that Jeanne holds most dear - ensuring conductor excellence and securing future growth and sustainability of the Encore Program, regionally and nationally. We have heard from many of our singers that they would like to find a way to honor Jeanne at this special time. As Jeanne reflects on her lifetime of achievements during this 10th Anniversary year, it seems only fitting to recognize all that she has achieved in service to thousands of Encore singers who have been given a voice. An invitation to participate in this fund has just been mailed to you. As a special incentive, we have received a second matching gift challenge from a donor willing to match dollar-for-dollar any gift that is received, up to $2,500. That means the value of your gift will be doubled! No gift is too large or too small! If you'd like to make your gift today, you can click here to be directed to the giving page. Your participation is what matters. Your gift will help new singers just like you discover Encore's program and experience the joy that singing can bring to their lives. And, we know Jeanne will be touched by your support. Thank you!


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The Encore Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of
Dan Martin as its newest Board member.

Dan Martin, a member of Glen Echo Encore since 2011, has had a career in the public sector, primarily focused on information dissemination and public outreach to help build coalitions of supporters for economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Dan worked in the Office of External Relations of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington D.C. for 27 years. Dan is greatly enthusiastic about joining the Board of Directors of Encore and looks forward to participating in efforts to build on the enviable success of Encore to help insure a sustainable future. To read Dan's full bio on Encore's website, click here.
Welcome Dan!

Register Now for Summer Choral Institutes!

Registration is now open for Encore Chorale’s Summer Choral Institutes offering “singing summer camp” for older adults at Washington College in Chestertown, MD, June 25-29, 2017 and at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua NY, August 27 - September 1, 2017.  The institutes, now in their 10th year, will attract adult students from all over the country, at all levels of vocal experience, for an exciting week of intensive choral music study.

Participant program fees include all classes, materials, on-site accommodations, daily fitness classes and meals. Both Institutes offer evening performances by local and national artists. Commuter students are welcome and fees adjusted accordingly. Non-participating spouses or guests are also welcome and their fees include shared accommodations with the singer, and meals with the program participants. The week concludes with a performance by the singers for family, friends and the community. Camp participants do not need to be current Encore singers and there are no auditions. 

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Washington College, Chestertown, MD
Sunday, June 25, 2017 - Thursday, June 29, 2017
Registration deadline May 15, 2017
Fees: All inclusive fee - $795
Local commuter fee - $605 (includes all meals, no lodging)
Non-singing guest fee - $390 (includes double room with singer, all meals and evening entertainment)
 
Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY
Sunday, August 27, 2017 - Friday, September 1, 2017
Registration deadline is August 1, 2017
Fees: $1385 single occupancy - all inclusive
$1195 double occupancy  - all inclusive
$605 commuter rate
$810 non-singing spouse/guest
$160 for round-trip bus transportation from DC to Chautauqua (optional)



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The Spring Concert Schedule is finalized!

We are thrilled to have almost 1000 singers participating in Encore Chorale and Encore ROCKS this spring and the Encore team is working hard to plan for our spring concert seasons for each of our chorales. Our repertoire is very special as we sing the most popular songs sung by our Encore Chorales over the past decade. We know our audiences will be thrilled.   We are also preparing for an extraordinary concert at DAR Constitution Hall on May 13, 2017, with all 1000 singers invited to sing on this magnificent stage.  Please spread the word to friends and neighbors and invite them to join us for one or more of these exciting concerts!  

For all the concert information, check out Encore's homepage on our website at www.encorecreativity.org

  
Program Survey Results are in!

You gave us your feedback, thank you! We would like to share the results of our Encore Chorale and Encore ROCKS Program Evaluations. Click here to see how your fellow singers feel about Encore!


Encore's Holiday Concerts come alive!
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Photos Encouraged!

Encore welcomes your photos! Do you have wonderful photos of you and your friends in rehearsal, you and your family or friends before or after concerts, or you and your fellow singers with your conductor? Encore would love to have electronic copies to share, either on our website or on Facebook, or in future printed materials. Show us your smile and you just might see it popping up somewhere with Encore! Send your photos to info@encorecreativity.org. Thank you!
 


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Encore Sponsorship Opportunities
 
Throughout 2017, Encore will celebrate 10 successful years!  We are thrilled to provide a program that continues to inspire creativity and joy.  Over the past 10 years Encore has grown – now serving 10 counties in Maryland, Virginia and DC, with just over 1000 singers each year!  Our free concerts bring in an average of 4,000 audience members in December and May and we continue to hear from our national affiliates about their success. 

We thank our currents sponsors who have decided to support Encore. If you'd like to know more about these sponsors, click here to be directed to the Encore Home page. Click on their logos on the left-hand side of the page to find out about each of these sponsors.  

Presenting Sponsor
AARP

Gold Sponsor
Kure Pain Management
Collington
Ginger Cove
OBXtek, Inc

Silver Sponsor
Maryland Capital Advisors

Bronze Sponsor
Chautauqua Institution
Foxes Music
 
Sponsorship helps Encore continue to offer free community concerts, presenting polished, highly professional performance to appreciative audiences. Being a sponsor this year will be a wonderful opportunity for organizations and businesses to be highlighted to thousands of singers and their family and friends.  Sponsorships are also critical in supporting financial aid for those who would not otherwise be able to sing with Encore Chorale and Encore ROCKS.
 
If you have a business or organization that might be a good fit to sponsor Encore, the office staff can put the right package together for you. All sponsorship benefits are offered for a full year after Encore receives a sponsorship, so it is never too late in the season to become a sponsor of Encore! Click here to download and review Encore Sponsorship opportunities and benefits.
Your Encore Chorale Master is a great resource for you!

As always, we are grateful for our wonderful volunteer Chorale Masters who continue to work to  make things organized and enjoyable for all of us.  Click here for a list of Chorale Masters.  They are a valuable resource for you if you have questions about rehearsals, concert guidelines, or other general Encore questions. If they don’t have the answer, they know where to get it!
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Have fun with Encore all year long!
Great music never gets old.
Singing great music keeps you young! 
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Encore's office address is 5419 Deale Churchton Road, Suite 102, Churchton, MD 20733.
You can reach us by phone at 301-261-5747.


Encore Chorale is a 501c3 non-profit organization that relies on tuition fees and the donations of friends and supporters to maintain the program. Your tax deductible donation will be used to continue to enhance the program, offer scholarships to those who cannot afford tuition, and continue to offer free concerts for the community. Donations may be made securely online with a credit card here. Encore also is set up to accept gifts of stock and IRA distributions. Please help keep Encore available to all who want to keep singing throughout their lives.
Donations may be sent to:
Encore Creativity for Older Adults
 5419 Deale Churchton Road
Suite #102
Churchton, MD 20733
Thank you for your support!